On Wednesday, Rotimi Onafadeji, the Ogun State Tribunal for the Local Government Election, prevented journalists from covering the proceedings.

Media platforms like THE PUNCH, AIT, STV, OGTV, Plus TV, and PLATFORM TIMES were all denied access to the state magistrate court where the hearing was being held.

The Tribunal’s Chairman, Rotimi Onafadeji, told reporters just before the hearing began that recording or covering the proceedings was not permitted.

He said, “Please, all pressmen that are here, there is no camera recording, audio recording, phone recording. Thank you.”

Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, the State’s Chief Judge, had inaugurated the Election Petition Tribunal for the state’s most recent Local Government election a few months ago.

Dipeolu had sworn in members of two tribunal panels at the State High Court complex in Kobape, Abeokuta, to allow opposition parties to seek redress over the election’s outcome.

Akintunde Oyeyinka convened the first panel, which included Lukman Abdullahi and Olayinka Kukoyi.

Rotimi Onafadeji was also named Chairman of the second panel, with Rabiu Ibrahim and Adedoyin Alaba as members.

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